Lark Nationals 2010 - Day 3

Fiona Gray - 26th July 2010

Day 3 and the fleet launched on time, in a northerly F4. Both races today were Olympic courses with line starts. In Race 3 all 47 larks got away with a clean start. Steve and Chris Videlo led the first race amongst shifty conditions with Chris Whitehouse and Chris Robinson managing to hold second place from Steve Hall and Simon Haighton. Matt and Emma White who are proving very consistent managed fourth.

Race 4 started cleanly with Stuart Hydon and Tim Linsell heading off right whilst the majority of the fleet went left. At the windward mark Hydon/Linsell led by a small margin over Matt and Emma White. Silver Fleeters Jane Alexander and Rachel Rhodes and Fiona Gray and Aaron Woolf were showing good pace at the windward mark in 5th and 6th places respectively. By the second round Hydon peeled off left, which eventually dropped him to fourth, Matt White seized the opportunity and opened up a large lead. Silver Fleet sailors Chris White and Lucy Evans popped out second. Ross Kearney and Ally Dart were briefly in third only to drop to fifth by the final beat. It was Harry Pynn and MJ Gifford who managed to crawl up the fleet to finish third.

Overall Positions after 4 races
1st 2452 Harry Pynn & MJ Gifford, Waldringfield SC
2nd 2491 Stephen & Chris Videlo, Waldringfield SC
3rd 2471 Matt & Emma White, Waldringfield SC
4th 2495 Stuart Hydon & Tim Linsell, Shustoke/Waldringfield SC
5th 2411 Chris Whitehouse & Chris Robinson, Ranelagh SC
6th 2311 Emma Harris & Becky Priest, Waldringfield/Cotswold SC

Silver Fleet 1st 2489 Chris White & Lucy Evans, South Staffs SC

Bronze Fleet 1st 2379 Will Kennedy Rhos Hawes, Fishers Green SC